Julia Griffin is a Producer for the PBS NewsHour, dividing her time between the broadcast and digital teams. She is both the lead producer and reporter for the NewsHour Shares series and a producer in the NewHour’s Science Unit, where she creates written and visual content for the NewsHour’s website and social media platforms.
Griffin joined NewsHour in 2010. She first produced and edited the broadcast’s opening sequence as the Multimedia Editor before producing breaking news as both a Production Assistant and Reporter/Producer in the Segment Production Unit. In her time at NewsHour, Griffin has covered natural disasters, domestic and foreign terror attacks, foreign conflicts, economic losses and gains, battles on Capitol Hill and two presidential campaigns.
Prior to NewsHour, Griffin reported on science content at Pacific Standard magazine and CNN. She studied marine biology and psychology at Duke University and earned a master's degree from U.C. Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science and Management as a Doris Duke Conservation Fellow.
A classically trained ballet and jazz dancer, Griffin also cheered for the NBA’’s Washington Wizards from 2011-2015 before retiring her poms poms. She and her husband live in Virginia.
Julia’s Recent Stories
Science Jan 18Giant ice disk forms in Maine river, enthralling residents
In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, an unusual phenomenon has appeared in a river in Westbrook, Maine: A giant ice disk that spans about 100 yards across and spins counter-clockwise. The disk is a natural although uncommon occurrence…
Politics Jan 04The many ways the shutdown is stopping vital services and research
As the shutdown enters a possible third week, it is furthering straining thousands of furloughed federal workers who have gone without pay.
Health Jan 01Forget the crash diet. These 6 New Year’s resolutions are better for your health
These ideas can improve both your physical and emotional wellbeing in 2019.
Arts Dec 28Not much lives in the Dead Sea — but this artist’s work comes out of it
The Dead Sea is about 10 times saltier than the ocean and nearly devoid of life. In summer, temperatures surrounding its southern basin regularly top 100 degrees. Yet it serves as studio for Israeli artist Sigalit Ethel Landau, who submerges…
Science Dec 17How long do cold and flu viruses stay contagious on public surfaces?
These pathogens don’t actually last for days or weeks outside the body, but you should still be proactive in protecting yourself from their spread.
Science Nov 26WATCH: NASA’s InSight lands on Mars after 6-month journey through space
The first NASA lander to explore the interior of another planet successfully landed on Mars Monday.
Nation Nov 23How plogging turns an ordinary workout into a ‘treasure hunt’
After moving from a Swedish ski resort to Stockholm, Erik Ahlstrom noticed a lot of litter during his daily bicycle commute. So he decided to do something about it. In 2016, Ahlstrom began organizing groups to pick up trash while…
Science Nov 14Climate change has intensified hurricane rainfall, and now we know how much
Hurricane Harvey wasn’t an outlier. A new study reports that climate change intensified the rains of other recent cyclones by between 4 and 9 percent.
Science Oct 19How the Smithsonian helped the FBI in the case of stolen ruby slippers
Conservators put the FBI’s slippers through a battery of scientific tests. Their conclusion? These weren’t just any pair of heels.
Science Oct 11Why Hurricane Michael took everyone by surprise and what to expect after it’s gone
At the moment, the reported links between Hurricane Michael and climate change are murky, at best.